Santana out for season

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BOSTON -- Cleveland Indians rookie catcher Carlos Santana will miss the remainder of the 2010 regular season after suffering a gruesome left knee injury on Monday in Boston.

Santana will undergo surgery on Friday at the Cleveland Clinic to stabilize the lateral side of his knee with a repair of his lateral collateral ligament. He will need four to six months to make a full recovery and is expected to be full strength for the 2011 season.

"The bad part about it is that he is going to lose two months of development and getting to know the pitchers on our staff and the opposition too," Indians manager Manny Acta said. "The good thing is he is going to get the surgery and be ready for spring training."

With Boston's Ryan Kalish on second and one out in the frame, Daniel Nava plunked a pinch-hit single to right.

Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo came up with the ball and gunned it home to Santana, who effectively blocked the plate, but Kalish crashed into his outstretched left leg.

Santana went down to the ground in pain and was attended to by staff for several minutes before being helped onto a stretcher and taken off the field.

The 24-year-old played very well in 46 games this season, batting .260 with a .401 on-base percentage to go with six homers and 22 RBI. He also recorded 13 doubles and stole three bases.


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